“The group had set a target price of less than ₹3,500 ($50) for a smart AC charge point operated with a smartphone, for a global breakthrough in affordable EV charging infrastructure. Fast-track development of the standard, close working between industry and government, and diligent testing and validation has met with success,” the government statement said.
The price point of $50 per unit of charging point is less than half of what these units for two-wheelers and three-wheelers cost anywhere in the world. Just as mobile phones, and not laptops and tablets, drove India’s adoption of the Internet, experts feel it will be two-wheelers and three-wheelers, and not four-wheel cars, that will herald the dawn of the EV age in India. This is yet another example of India’s frugal engineering skills finding a solution to an urgent problem.